NZ Giant Slalom Championship - Alice Robinson
17-year-old Alpine ski racer Alice Robinson (Queenstown) has carried through her success from the northern hemisphere season to home snow, winning the NZ National Women’s Giant Slalom Championship title at her training ground of Coronet Peak.
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The New Zealand Alpine National Championships hosted by Coronet Peak, the official ski area partner of the New Zealand Alpine Ski Team, finally got underway in Queenstown today with the women’s Giant Slalom after heavy snowfalls and poor visibility put racing on hold yesterday (Saturday 10 August).
Starting from bib seven, Robinson – who is now ranked 10th in the world for women’s GS – took a convincing 2.01s lead in run one and stretched it to 3.34s ahead of GB’s Cara Brown on run two.
“I’m really happy,” said Alice. “I knew I could have probably skied a little better in the second run but I’m just really happy to take away the title.”
The course was set on The Hurdle run where soft snow conditions added a challenge for the racers with the course getting bumpy and several racers, including defending champion Piera Hudson recording DNFs.
Eliza Grigg was the second NZ racer home, finishing in eighth place overall, and Katie Crawford, third for NZ, 22nd overall.
Racing continues tomorrow (Monday) with the Men’s Giant Slalom where Adam Barwood (Queenstown) will be looking to defend his title.
The Men’s National Slalom Championship title will be contested on Tuesday followed by the Women’s Slalom on Wednesday.